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SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS), Appliance (for Up to 2000 Access Points)


Please call 877-877-2269 for a replacement product or part.
3 YEAR DoubleDiamond™ Warranty (Standard)


  • Policy-based management simplifies large deployments encompassing many sites and offices.
  • Supports as many as 100 concurrent administrators through its administration GUI.
  • Lowers operating costs by speeding configuration and monitoring of your network.
  • Can be installed and configured in minutes. Access points automatically contact the EMS appliance.
  • Use to set up access enforced by per-user policies and role-based guest management delegation with SLAs.
  • Granular control, supports the creation of detailed user-based policies for QoS and VPN security features.
  • Group policies can be applied network wide to all access points or individually to certain access points.
  • Enables the creation of up to three separate groups of access points that can be managed as separate domains.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi planner tool helps you design a network with optimum access point placement.
  • Supports automated database synchronization for high availability.
  • System uses cooperative control protocols—no expensive controllers required.
  • Order a separately sold LWN600MLA-1 license for every access point in your enterprise.
  • RAID 1 hard drive for redundancy.

  • The Black Box SmartPath Enterprise Wireless System combines the stability, security, speed of a wired network with the versatility and adaptability of a wireless network.

    The system combines a distributed WLAN architecture and best-in-class management without large upfront or operating expenses. It uses less hardware and less cabling than similar solutions and can be implemented easily and expanded to meet the needs of your growing enterprise.

    Unlike ordinary wireless, in which access points function as accessories to the wired network, SmartPath is designed as an equal partner to the wired network, making it a practical, smart way to provide wireless at the enterprise level. Multiple SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Access Points work together to provide seamless, efficient throughput to end devices.

    The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless System is ideal for:
    • Distributed enterprise applications
    • Healthcare
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail
    • Education
    • Or anywhere you need a secure, high-performance, easy-to-manage WLAN communications.

    The SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS), Appliance (featured here) is a 1U-high unit for accessing up to 2000 SmartPath Wireless Access Points (LWN602A/LWN602AE and/or LWN602HA/LWN602HAE) on your network. Each single access point license (LWN600MLA-1) you purchase for the appliance is perpetual.

    The managed SmartPath enterprise network is easy to set up. You just plug the access points into your network, and they contact the EMS Appliance on their own, automatically discovering the appliance on the same subnet or using DNS or DHCP to find an appliance anywhere in the world. Configuration data is then pushed from the EMS to the newly installed access points for true plug-and-play installation.

    Typically installed in a data center and managed from a network console, the appliance gives you an application-like AJAX interface with which to control access to your enterprise wireless network. The appliance's interface is accessible via any Web browser in a Windows®, Linux®, or Mac® OS X system.

    Through this platform, you can manage your entire wireless system using its user-friendly GUI console. This interface features a customizable dashboard and gives you advanced functionality without unnecessary complexity. Use it for monitoring, upgrades, troubleshooting, and more.

    For complete network visualization, network maps enable you to see topology and status of access points, and real-time heat-maps show RF propagation within your enterprise. The appliance detects both authorized WLAN clients and rogue access points and places them on a map.

    Screens also feature details related to SLA compliance and statistics for reporting purposes. Configuration audit capabilities ensure that all configurations are up to date, and you can set up real-time monitoring of alarms and events from all access points.

    Group policy functions automatically create wireless profiles for your users, and whenever a new laptop joins the domain, wireless access is available in minutes. A policy templating feature enables you to update entire groups of access points with a few clicks.
    For complex organizations, the EMS Appliance supports the creation of up to three separate groups of access points that can be managed separately. A conglomerate of multiple business units, for example, can share a single appliance while being separated into their own virtual domains managed by their own administrators.

    You also use the EMS to configure Active Directory for per-user policy enforcement. Supporting multiple policy configurations per an SSID, the system enables you to set up wireless network access by user. Keep data secure by giving guests access to the Internet while allowing only employees to connect to your entire enterprise network.

    You can even set it up so any authorized employee can create guest network accounts via the EMS system's intuitive Web interface—a real time-saver for administrators who are tasked with creating guest accounts on a frequent basis.

    Even better, users can roam to any other site of yours that has SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Access Points and open their laptops, and it's as if they never left their home office. It's that automatic.

    What's more, the SmartPath EMS provides centralized control without being actively involved in passing traffic or making forwarding decisions. The combination of autonomous access points with centrally based management provides maximum administrative control without creating the traffic bottlenecks seen in some controller-based wireless solutions.

    Also available: cloud-based EMS platforms, available with a 1-year (LWN600CM-1) or 3-year license (LWN600CM-3).

    Tech Specs

    CE Approval Yes
    Connectors Wired LAN and management ports: (2) RJ-45 (10/100/1000 Mbps); Serial port: (1) DB9 M (RS-232); USB port: (1) USB Type A F (USB 2.0)
    Environmental Operating humidity: 10 to 90% noncondensing
    Operating temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C);
    Power Input: 100–240-VAC, 50–60-Hz, autoswitching, ATX, with PFC connector; Output: 250 watts
    RoHS Yes
    Size 1.75"H (1U) x 16.8"W x 15.8"D (4.4 x 42.7 x 40.1 cm)
    Weight 13.75 lb. (6.2 kg)

    * Technical specification weight is the unit weight. It is not the packaged shipping weight. For shipping weight, please contact Black Box customer service at 877-877-2269.


    Double Diamond Warranty Diamond

    Double Diamond™ Warranty (Standard)

    Take the risk out of equipment purchases with the Double Diamond™ Warranty from Black Box Network Services.

    The Double Diamond Warranty is our warranty that protects your Black Box® brand products* from accidental damage, including drops, water, and power surges.

    The SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS), Appliance (for Up to 2000 Access Points) comes with a standard 3 YEAR warranty already included.

    During the warranty period, Black Box Network Services will repair or replace your damaged equipment within one week of receipt at NO CHARGE!*

    Plus, get an Extended Double Diamond Warranty.

    You can also extend your warranty or protect a previously purchased Black Box® brand product** for an additional year—for only 10% of the purchase price! Or, extend your coverage for a full three years for only 20% of the purchase price!

    Ordering an extended warranty is easy: When viewing a product in your shopping cart, just select the one or three years of additional coverage in the dropdown menu under “Warranty Options.” For details, contact Customer Service at 724-746-5500.

    * Warranty subject to certain exclusions and limitations ** Certain products may not be eligible.

    What’s more, we also have a 45-day return policy. Simply call Customer Service for a Return Authorization (RA) number, return your product in new condition and in the original package, and receive a full refund.